How Fast Do Tai Chi Students Progress?
At the U.S. Wushu Center, we take Tai Chi students through a programmed series of forms, and we use different colored belts to signify what forms students have learned. The belts don’t mean one student is superior to another in technique, only that a student has had instruction in and should be able to perform a specific set of forms.

The belt colors that are used for Tai Chi students are:

  • White
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Red
  • Brown
  • Black

A typical list of how belt colors relate to the forms you will study as a U.S. Wushu Center Tai Chi student and the approximate rate of progress will be something similar to the following:

  • White:  Yang Style 24-form (beginner) – approx. 3 to 6 months
  • Yellow, Green:  48-form & Yang 32-straight sword (intermediate) – approx. 12 months
  • Blue: Other weapons & begin other styles such as Chen – approx. 9 to 18 months
  • Red: 42-combined form & continue other styles – approx. 12 to 18 months
  • Brown: Review all levels & forms – minimum of 12 months
  • Black: Pursue individual style (Sun, Wu, etc.) or internal art (Bagua, Xingyi, etc.) – ongoing
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